Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Jan. 22, 2008

THE LAS VEGAS Convention and Visitors Authority has announced plans to launch an enhanced version of its online Las Vegas certification program for U.S.-based travel agents. Under the enhanced program, agents who correctly answer and submit all questions in each test module will be entered into monthly drawings to win one of two $500 gift certificates redeemable at GiftCertificates.com. Vegas Certified agents also will be entitled to free tickets for select shows and a special discount card redeemable at various Las Vegas attractions, restaurants, shows, spas and shops and for wedding packages. For more information, visit www.lvcva.com/traveltrade.

THE MGM GRAND has announced the opening of 92,000-square-feet of meetings space. The new MGM Grand Pavilion can accommodate up to 6,000 guests in a carpeted, smoke-free facility adjacent to the MGM Grand Conference Center. The space is available for trade shows, general sessions and catered functions of all sizes and types. For more information, call (702) 891-1200.

A PRODUCTION OF "HATS!" has opened at Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel. The 75-minute musical comedy tells the tale of "one woman's anxiety over her impending 50th birthday and how she chooses to embrace the landmark event with the support of her friends." Inspired by the Red Hat Society, a social club for women age 50 and up, the Harrah's production was redesigned with Las Vegas flair and promises "outrageous costumes, scenic design, clever choreography and memorable music." For tickets, call (800) 392-9002 or visit www.harrahs.com/las-vegas-entertainment.

TICKETS are on sale for "Three Redneck Tenors -- A New Musical Adventure," which will play at the Atrium Showroom at the Luxor from Feb. 6 to 12 and March 19 to 24. The musical comedy follows the antics of three singing cousins, Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee, from Paris, Texas, to their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. Along the way, expect music ranging from "Elvis to Puccini; soul to pop; and country to opera." For tickets, call (800) 557-7428 or visit www.luxor.com.

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

" "Mamma Mia," the longest running full Broadway show in Las Vegas history, has extended its stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino through Jan. 4, 2009. The show, which opened in Las Vegas in February 2003, was originally scheduled to close in August after more than 2,300 performances. For tickets, call (800) 632-7400 or visit www.mandalaybay.com.

" John O'Hurley, of "Seinfeld" and "Dancing with the Stars" fame, will reprise his role as King Arthur in "Monty Python's Spamalot" at Wynn Las Vegas beginning Jan. 28. For tickets, call (888) 320-7110 or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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